Interested in conserving water and other natural resources while restoring and highlighting the character of the Sedona area landscape? Keep Sedona Beautiful’s 34th annual Native Plant Workshop to be held on Saturday at West Sedona School will provide a pathway to do so. A roster of speakers will cover topics including how native landscapes provide habitats for wildlife by hosting native insects and microorganisms and a primer on landscaping with native plants. Advance tickets are $25 for KSB members and $35 for the general public. To register, please visit the KSB website http://www.keepsedonabeautiful.org/our-programs/native-plant-workshop or call the office 282-4938.
2013 Operation Graduation needs community support
Parents, friends and family of the 2013 graduating class of Mingus Union High School have come together to start planning the 2013 Operation Graduation. Community volunteers have worked each year for the past two decades with a goal to ensure a safe, all-night, drug and alcohol free party for MUHS graduates and their friends.
Businesses and individuals can support the event by making cash donations, providing prizes, purchasing raffle tickets, volunteering at the event or by joining the organizing committee. The next meeting will be held on Monday at 6 p.m. in the Mingus Union High School Library. All are welcome to attend. For more information, contact the 2013 Operation Graduation Chairs, Lisa Elliott (928-300-8722) or Coleen Gilboy (928-300-3914), or see the event’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/MUHSOperationGraduation
Mesquite Milling and Traditional Food Expo
The Yavapai-Apache Nation Cultural Resource Center is having another Traditional Food Expo. Stop by on Tuesday between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Taste our treats made from mesquite, blue corn, red berries, and lots more. Bring your collected mesquite and have it ground into flour for pancakes, muffins, and more goodies. Tribal members, pick up your free mesquite cookbook. There will be a nominal fee for milling for non-tribal members.
So come and taste, talk, and learn. The event is free. If you would like to help with the event, contact Judie Piner at 649-6961 or email@example.com.
Simply Black & White exhibit at White Hills
Stop by White Hills Gallery on Main Street in Camp Verde, and see the newest exhibit, “Simply Black and White,” on display from Thursday through May 13. White Hills Gallery invites everyone to come to the opening reception on Friday March 22, 5-8 p.m., with hors d’oeuvres and wine provided by The Horn.
The exhibit showcases over 40 renderings and photographs of still lifes, portraits, landscapes, animals and more, featuring local and national artists. White Hills Gallery is located at 348 S. Main St., in downtown Camp Verde next to The Horn Saloon. Call 928-274-7903.
Take Note Camp Verde
Obesity, the dangerous impact on your health is the topic of the next Take Note Camp Verde Lecture Series sponsored by Verde Valley Medical Center (VVMC). The Thursday lecture will feature family health physician John Rooney, D.O. The lecture is 5–6 p.m. at the Camp Verde Health Center, 460 Finnie Flat Road, Camp Verde. To R.S.V.P. or for more information on this free event, call (928) 639-6551.
Brown Bag Lunch Talk: Essential Oils
As part of the Camp Verde Community Library’s lunch time talks, Ms. Neta Loveall will be talking about Essential Oils on Thursday From 10 a.m. to noon. Essential Oils are natural medications that can be used to relieve many physical, mental, and emotional issues. Ms. Loveall will tell us what they are and how and when to use them.
For more information about Brown Bag Lunch talks and “Geek the Library” contact the Camp Verde Community Library at 554-8380
Erev Shabbat at JCSVV
Friday, Rabbi Alicia Magal leads the monthly early Family/Community Erev Shabbat services at the Jewish Community of Sedona and the Verde Valley, beginning at 5:30 p.m. followed by a potluck supper, coordinated by Kim Sczechter. For more information call the office at (928) 204-1286 or visit www.jcsvv.org.
Oral History of the Yavapai
The Sedona Heritage Museum, 735 Jordan Road, will host a book-signing for author Carolina Butler on Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Museum. Butler’s new book, “Oral History of the Yavapai,” is a history from the Indians’ point of view in the words and the feelings of the Yavapai themselves. It is based on interviews of two Yavapai tribal elders, Mike Harrison and John Williams, both now deceased. It took almost 30 years from their interviews to this publication becoming a reality.
Call (928) 282-7038.
Blood Drive at Cottonwood Rec Center
In honor of Cesar Chavez Day, AmeriCorps is sponsoring the Cottonwood Community Blood Drive with United Blood Services on Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Cottonwood Recreation Center, 150 S. Sixth St., in the Verde Room. Janet Dews, AmeriCorps volunteer serving the NAU Civic Services Institute in the Verde Valley says that Senior Corps and Foster Grandparent volunteers will be providing some baked goods. Juice for participants will be provided by Brandi’s. United Blood Service will provide bring salty snacks and water to sustain those who donate blood.
To get your appointment to donate, please go to www.bloodhero.com. For eligibility questions call 1-800-288-2199, ext. 5497.
March Diabetes Support Group
Reducing the risk of heart disease is the topic of the March Diabetes Support Group, sponsored by Verde Valley Medical Center’s Diabetes Education Program. The free support group is 5-7 p.m., Monday, in VVMC’s Conference Rooms B and C, 269 S. Candy Lane. The group is open to all members of the community. Please R.S.V.P. to (928) 639-6346; walk-ins welcome.
Monday is the First Night of Passover. Private Seders will be held in people’s homes.
Tuesday, Community Seder for members, guests, and visitors will be held at the synagogue of the Jewish Community of Sedona and the Verde Valley beginning at 5:30 p.m. Advance registration required. For more information call the office at (928) 204-1286 or visit www.jcsvv.org.
Caregiver Support Group
Hospice of the Pines and ARRiO Care will have their first Caregiver Support Meeting on Tuesday from 3:30 to 5 p.m. ABRiO Care is located at 1760 E. Villa Drive, Suite F, Cottonwood. Meetings will be on the fourth Tuesday of each month offered at ABRiO Care. Free & open to the Public. Info: Call Hospice of the Pines at (928) 634-6758.
VVMC offers free Diabetes Expo
Verde Valley Medical Center’s (VVMC) Diabetes Education Program is participating in the American Diabetes Association national Diabetes Alert Day by sponsoring a free Diabetes Expo. The Diabetes Expo is 10 a.m.–1 p.m., Tuesday, at VVMC, 269 S. Candy Lane, in the EntireCare Lobby. For more information, call (928) 639-6346.
Shoulder out of order?
Shoulder out of order? is the topic of the March Take Note Cottonwood Lecture Series, sponsored by Verde Valley Medical Center (VVMC). The Wednesday, March 27, discussion will feature orthopedic surgeon Bradley Williams, M.D., Ph.D. The lecture begins at 5 p.m. in VVMC’s Conference Room B & C, 269 S. Candy Lane. To R.S.V.P. or for more information on this free event, call (928) 639-6551.
DOVV to meet
Democrats of the Verde Valley will meet Thursday, 6:30 p.m., at Randall’s Restaurant, 801 S. Main St., Cottonwood. They will be discussing leadership needs and planning for 2013. They want to maintain the successes they achieved in 2012 and prepare for new heights in 2014. Refreshments will be provided. Bring a non-perishable food item for the Food Bank. Call 629-3688 and leave a message for further info or a ride. Also see www.dovv.org.
Looking forward to Optimists
We have formed a new Optimist Club called the Verde Valley Optimist Club. The kids in Camp Verde will benefit from this. In the coming months the club will have some great activities there in Camp Verde. Please look forward to these events for it will help the kids in Camp Verde. As Optimists we are a 100 percent volunteer organization which means every cent goes to the kids. And if you are interested to join or just sponsor please contact the club President Chet Teague at (928) 654-5182.
Brown Bag Lunch Talk: Family History
On Wednesday at its regular time, noon to 1 p.m., for Camp Verde Community Library’s Brown Bag Lunch talk series, Kathy Maxwell will be talking about Family History and Genealogy. For more information about Brown Bag Lunch talks and “Geek the Library” contact the Camp Verde Community Library at 554-8380
Grow local—Buy Local
The League of Women Voters Greater Verde Valley League program “Grow local—Buy Local” being held on Thursday is part of an effort to educate the public about the Verde Valley Agricultural Coalition and about the “Food Hub” Concept being organized in the Verde Valley. The League has selected this topic as part of our educational program this year because the LWV United States is in the process of updating its position on agriculture and we want to explore some exciting local developments. The program is scheduled from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Sedona Public Library, 3250 White Bear Road, Sedona.
For more information, contact Robyn Prud’homme-Bauer at firstname.lastname@example.org or the League’s website at www.lwvverdevalley.com.
Golf Tournament for VV Fire Foundation
The Verde Valley Fire Foundation will be hosting a golf tournament fund-raiser on Saturday at the Pine Shadows Golf Course. Check in is at 7 a.m. with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. Registration fee of $50 per player includes18 holes of golf and lunch at the Round-A-Bout Bar & Grill on 89A. Register your team before March 23 and save $20 on your team’s registration.
To register contact Amy Bayless at 928-639-0121 or email her at email@example.com or you can find us on the web at http://www.vvfdcharities.com/ Players can also participate in the putting and pink ball contests.
VVCA presents scholarship competition
The Verde Valley Concert Association will hold it’s annual scholarship competition on Saturday at Peace Lutheran Church in Cottonwood. For more information, contact Julie Smith, 300-6830 or Arleen Wright, 567-3306.
Spring Fashion Show
Our Lady of the Valley Auxiliary is selling tickets for their upcoming fashion show and luncheon on Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person and can be purchased from any auxiliary member or by calling Caroline Radoccia at 634-7471 or Lynda Kuglitsch at 634-2968. Tickets are also available at the parish office next to the church on Bill Gray Road. No tickets will be sold at the door. Fashions by Allie Ollie. This fabulous event includes a gourmet luncheon catered by Al Kramer formerly of The Manzanita Inn plus door prizes and lots of fun! All proceeds benefit the parish and local charities.